Reach West – increasing participation in health research

WestGeneric Health Relevance
Start Date: 7 Nov 2014


Reach West is a list of people living in the west country who are interested in taking part in health research. There is evidence that people who take part in research projects do better than those who do not. We also know that many people would like to take part in research projects, but it is often difficult to find out what studies are available. Reach West will provide a safe and secure way for people interested in research to find out about NHS and University approved health research projects that are relevant to them. They will then be asked if they would like to take part in particular projects.

Aim of the project

Reach West aims to increase the number and range of people taking part in research to improve health and healthcare


Information about opportunities will be sent to participants for them to take part in research projects. All research in the NHS is looked at by an independent group of people, called a Research Ethics Committee, to protect the participant's interests. Research projects will first have to be approved by an ethics committee. Reach West staff will search through the database to find people with appropriate characteristics and then contact them with an information sheet about the research project.

Prof Richard Martin